Inspired by our neighbor's vintage vacuum, we popped a pic of it last night in the hallway. With all the debate over which is the BEST vacuum, it is heartening to see that these oldies really do last a long time. And the Regina has a great history:
Invented by Ward Leathers and "introduced in 1945 by the Regina Corporation, 'There were many companies that developed the broomstick style vacuums but Regina produced the most popular model of its time."
We particularly like the etoile decor on the upright bag and masterful powerful assemblage of controls down below. We also like the fact that Regina, meaning "queen", directly appeals to the womenfolk who are weilding this lofty tool. This is certainly a very feminine appliance. they don't make them like they used to (But Regina still does make 'em - they're owned by Oreck).